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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Orton was THE comic genius of the twentieth century.
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW is a play that belongs on a shelf with the greatest comedies ever written in English. A summary of the plot can never do it justice because the "plot" ( such as it is) merely functions as a frame to hang Orton's utterly brilliant words. If Orton had lived he might have gone on to establish himself as the undisputed master of English comedy...
Published on 20 Nov. 2000 by fgannon@piedmont.edu

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3.0 out of 5 stars One for the history books?
Joe Orton presents a frenetic farce with a hyper-reality that makes it feel like an image of the genre rather than a bone fide entry into it.
There are some wonderfully funny lines that resonate today but I wonder if a lot of its intended comedy comes from the shock value it would have had in it's day- plenty of loose morals and nudity that would scarcely raise an...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Orton was THE comic genius of the twentieth century., 20 Nov. 2000
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fgannon@piedmont.edu (Demorest, Georgia ( a little town in the mountains). I write for a variety of American magazines (NEW YORKER, GQ, etc.)) - See all my reviews
This review is from: What the Butler Saw (Modern Classics) (Paperback)
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW is a play that belongs on a shelf with the greatest comedies ever written in English. A summary of the plot can never do it justice because the "plot" ( such as it is) merely functions as a frame to hang Orton's utterly brilliant words. If Orton had lived he might have gone on to establish himself as the undisputed master of English comedy. As it is, his name belongs with Wilde and Sheridan. Today, in 2000, Orton's work is tragically lettle-known. WHAT THE BUTLER SAW ( along with LOOT) should be studied in college drama writing classes as a work of the highest comic art. WHAT THE BUTLER SAW should, like all plays, be experienced on a stage. It is, however, a work that maintains its brilliance in written form. It would be a better world if the play were read by everyone. Frank Gannon11/20/2000
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good and unexpected, 27 Sept. 2005
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If you do not read or see any other Orton play, you should not pass on this one. I saw it in the local theater and they pretty much followed the script. I do not want to go into detail as the surprises; twists and dialog are what make the play. However this is a comedy similar to Oscar Wilde's style in the fact that it is a series of mismaners with unique situations and plot twists.
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The first London performance of "What the butler saw" was at the Queen's Theatre by Lewstein-Delfont Productions Ltd. And H.M. Tennent Ltd. On 5 Mar 1969.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A comic masterpiece., 29 Aug. 2013
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This is the original script and some are the American/Canadian version which has a different ending. Such mischievous wit. I loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for the history books?, 30 July 2014
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Joe Orton presents a frenetic farce with a hyper-reality that makes it feel like an image of the genre rather than a bone fide entry into it.
There are some wonderfully funny lines that resonate today but I wonder if a lot of its intended comedy comes from the shock value it would have had in it's day- plenty of loose morals and nudity that would scarcely raise an eyebrow today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Aug. 2014
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Brilliant!!!
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